While researchers haven’t yet found the perfect hangover cure. There are some things you can do to feel a lot better faster.
The night before you’re out having a blast with friends, ordering rounds of drinks and feeling invincible. The next moment, you’re waking up to a pounding headache, some nausea, and in your seriously irritable state, you swear you’ll never drink again.
Never drink again
The next time you’ve had one too many, follow a few of these expert-recommended hangover remedies:
You already know this one, but it needs to be repeated because it’s the most important thing on the list. The whole reason you’re suffering from a hangover in the first place is that your body is dehydrated. You need water asap. Alcohol is a diuretic (remember all those trips to the bathroom between drinks?). This means it will dehydrate you if you are not loading up on water during and after drinking. Drink at least one full large glass of water before you go to bed. Continue drinking huge amounts the next day. You’ll want to drink way more than your usual 3 glasses a day. The more H2O you get in your body, the better you’re going to feel.
If you can manage to get to the shop. A beverage that’s both hydrating and high in electrolytes, coconut water is a great choice. But can it help remedy a hangover? “I don’t think it’s the end-all-be-all for hangovers,” explains Registered Dietician and Nutrition Coach Hana Feeney. “But since it does taste good and it has the important electrolyte potassium. uou are likely to rehydrate better with coconut water. And that does cure a hangover!”
Everyone’s got a post-drinking food they crave and swear helps remedy their hangovers, like fatty french fries or chicken or waffles. But it would be best for your body to eat healthy instead. “Make sure you eat calming foods that are not too fatty or fried.” This recommendation is by integrative medicine physician Dr. Julie Chen, MD. “Make sure you are getting the minerals necessary for healthy body functioning and recovery, such as [those] in vegetables, fruits, and nuts.” Try an omelet loaded with veggies with a side of whole-wheat toast.
If you have bad hangovers, try sipping some ginger tea. Ginger is known to settle the stomach, which can help you to feel closer to normal after drinking. Which is hard to do but Ginger can help. You could also try straight-up eating pickled ginger (like you get with sushi).
Alcohol does leave you dehydrated. It also “impairs absorption and enhances excretion of B vitamins”. Says Registered Dietician Andrea Garman. This can leave you feeling sluggish and weak. To fix the situation, you can use a vitamin-enhanced drink such as Emergen-C. That you add to a glass of water). This is a double win because you’re getting rehydrated with the water while recovering the vitamins you lost partying last night.
Finally an excuse to eat carbs! If you’ve had a few too many drinks, your body is working overtime to metabolize the alcohol. This means your body doesn’t perform normal functions. Such as responding to low blood sugar with spiking glucose levels. The result? You feel lethargic, cranky and plain bad. Eating carbohydrates can help to bring your blood sugar levels back to normal. While your liver is over-booked processing those last few cocktails. Opt for carbohydrates that are gentle on the stomach, like wheat crackers, toast or a banana.
Just like you did in your childhood days. Chicken noodle soup can help you feel better even after a night of adult debauchery. The soup will rehydrate you. While the sodium it contains is an important electrolyte your hungover body needs to replenish. Plus you get other important nutrients from the soup’s ingredients (opt for one that contains vegetables and not only meat).
When you wake up with a thumping head, you’ll definitely be tempted to reach into the medicine cabinet. But be careful that you’re making the right choice. It could have serious consequences. When you’ve been drinking, you want to avoid pain killers of all sorts. These can lead to, in some cases, severe liver damage. Instead, many recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen or good ol’ aspirin. But either way, try to avoid taking these medicines while the alcohol is still in your system.
It sounds strange I know, but pickles have vinegar and water that will help rehydrate your body after drinking. Not to mention sodium. When you drink, your body loses sodium, a key electrolyte. Throwing a few pickles into your mix will help get your body on the road to recovery.
A foolproof way to ease a hangover is to sleep it off—if you can. Although one of the best ways to get better sleep is to avoid alcohol altogether. However, if you’ve already done the damage, try heading back to bed after hydrating and eating breakfast. While you’re catching up on sleep your body will be busy repairing itself. And you won’t be conscious to the nagging hangover symptoms.
Hangover Beauty Treatment
If you must go out and be a productive member of society after being out all night. Remember to keep these quick makeup tricks on standby. Before you go to bed, wash your face and apply lots of moisturizers. The next day, to reduce puffy eyes, go for iced-down tea bags over the eyes for a few minutes or you can even use a little Preparation H–yes, that Preparation H–around the eye area (be careful not to get it in your eyes). Apply a light shade of eye shadow, which will make even tired eyes look brighter. And don’t forget a little bronzer and cheek stain can really help perk up your complexion.